Monday, April 14, 2008

Pohela Baishakh - Year 1415: Bangla New Year's Day Celebration

Painting on the fence of Instt. of Fine Arts

Fine Arts students work the previous days for the ceremony

Sculpture in the campus
On pohela baishakh

Large image objects in procession to bring prosperity...?

Joyous processions pass below the hapless sleeping on foot overbridge at Shahbagh
Mouth watering green mango and mustard condiment on hot humid noon

Caged Finches on sale

Ilish polao and patisapta -menu for new year's day (Siddiqa Kabir's recipe)


Shireen said...

Wish you a Happy Bengali New Year.
Thank you for the lovely pictures.What enthusiastic participation ! And as usual the women dressed in beautiful colourful saris.

The picture with the beggar woman with the little baby on the bridge is truly sad and thought provoking, while the joyous celebrations go on, I guess the only thought on her mind is how she'll provide for her baby.

Anonymous said...

I was in real envy to see your decorated lunch table with ELISH POLAO, AACHAR, PITHA and ROSHO MALAI. It made me nostalgic and brought back all those old memories. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Michigan, USA

Ershad Ahmed said...


Shireen said...

Looking up recipe for Ilish Pulao :)
Forgot to mention, the artwork on the walls is beautiful.

rumi said...
looks like an interesting photo story

Nadera said...

Wow, very colorful! The art-work on the wall reminds me of the graffity in N.Y, only difference is- in Dhaka they used black/white and here they use every color one can concieve of.

I laughed a lot when I saw the umbrella shaped hats. Do they really get them there too?

Nadera, N.Y.

Shireen said...

The artwork in Dhaka illustrates the culture and history, and the pictures have many symbolic meanings behind them. I have long believed that the people of Dhaka have a strong creative expression. I do believe that most of the famous poets and writers were all from Bengal. Dhaka's beautiful artwork is incomparable to any other so-called "art" found elsewhere.